To celebrate World IoT Day, we asked a trio of IEEE technical experts to share their thoughts on what’s next for enterprise IoT.
“IoTday is an open invitation to the Internet of Things community to participate in an event, host a hackathon, or just share a beer/coffee with a friend or fellow collaborator focused around the IoT and its implications.”
Now, IoT Day may not top your list of favorite holidays, but it seemed like a good time to take a moment and assess the future of the Internet of Things. In that light, I traded emails with some technical experts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on the future of IoT in the enterprise. Their responses were illuminating.
The first enterprise IoT use cases that are likely to take hold
As enterprise IoT grows, I was interested in what use cases would take hold first. Karen Panetta, an IEEE Fellow and dean of Graduate Engineering Education at Tufts University, looked to consumer applications like “deep learning on household security monitoring and energy consumption information.” Already, she said, “consumers can set their thermostats and virtually ‘answer their doorbell’ from anywhere. Next will come understanding exactly where that energy is being used within the household, such as how much energy goes into lighting, heating, doing laundry, TV, and computers.” At the same time, of course, that will give companies a much deeper understanding of how customers spend their time.
On a more explicitly enterprise level, “IoT technologies that have a rapid return on investment (ROI) are the most likely to take off first, and that means “reducing costs through automation,” said Kayne McGladrey, an IEEE member and director of Integral Partners, an identity and access management (IAM) consultant firm.
McGladrey cited existing use cases such as smart offices that use IoT sensors to regulate the office temperature and intelligent lighting systems that enable or disable lighting based on presence, not just motion detection.
“Integration of these systems is the next logical step,” he added. “If someone has booked a conference room, then the HVAC [system] can respond by adjusting the temperature and the lighting system can turn on the lights while the room is both booked and in use based on data collected.”